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The Importance of Leadership and Management In Agile

August 24, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Leadership and management have often been given short shrift in the Agile world. Management isn’t mentioned once in the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum community has characterized management as uncommitted for years fortunately the chickens and pigs story has been mostly abandoned. While Scrum is not equal to “Agile” it seems to have set the tone for management in the Agile space. At Net Objectives we believe that both leadership and management are not only important, but are essential.

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Coaching Corner: Quotes for Coaches

August 21, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I find that coaches often need inspiration themselves to inspire others.  I like quotes because they remind me of what I know deep inside of me but have perhaps forgotten in the face of a challenging situation. Here are some of my favorites:

by Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up.

If you're going through hell, keep going.

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Coaching Corner: Why Weekly Plans Matter

August 17, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

At Net Objectives we do a weekly status for everyone else to see. This is important because we are a distributed company. The status is simple, we answer four questions:

  • What I did last week
  • What I’m going to accomplish this week
  • What I need help with
  • A ‘how I see things are going’ commentary

I often have a concern that many of my folks consider this an unnecessary burden adding little value to them.  However, while the communication/community aspect of it is important, it is actually the first step for planning an effective week.

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Personal message from Net Objectives' new COO, Marc Danziger

July 24, 2015 — Posted by Marc Danziger

Two months ago, I was contentedly leading my life as a singleton consultant down in Los Angeles. I’d managed to get to work for some pretty cool companies – Amgen, CarsDirect.com, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars folks), NBC, International Lease Finance Corp. (AIG), Lynda.com and Toyota.

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Let’s Learn to Do Our Jobs Better, Not a Framework/Method, Better

July 23, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The software industry seems so caught up in certifications and learning the latest framework, method or approach. The focus is on the wrong thing. It should be on learning how to learn, learning how to do our job better, learning how to collaborate better.  This has sometimes been talked about with the shu-ha-ri metaphor:

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Blog Authors

Al Shalloway
Business, Operations, Process, Sales, Agile Design and Patterns, Personal Development, Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Cory Foy
Change Management, Innovation Games, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Jim Trott
Business and Strategy Development, Analysis and Design Methods, Change Management, Knowledge Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile, Workflow, Technical Writing, Certifications, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, SAFe, Kanban
Ken Pugh
Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, ATDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Professional Development, Agile, Lean-Agile, Lean, SAFe, Kanban, Kanban Method, Scrum, Scrumban, XP
Marc Danziger
Business and Strategy Development, Change Management, Team Agility, Online Communities, Promotional Initiatives, Sales and Marketing Collateral
Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile